After showing up in NaviFirm way back in December, Nokia has officially started rolling out the Windows Phone
7.8 update for Lumia phones.
Nokia confirmed via its blog that owners
of Nokia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900 devices should expect to see
software update notifications appear on their handsets sometime in
February. Earlier, Microsoft had announced that it will roll out the
Windows Phone 7.8 update by January 31, so Nokia's announcement is in
line with that date.
Windows Phone 7.8 update will add new
features like a new start screen UI with resizable live tiles, as found
in Windows Phone 8. The update brings Windows Phone 8 branding to
existing Lumia devices on the splash screen and icons for Games, Office
and Windows Phone Store.
Windows Phone 7.8 doubles the number of
theme and accent colours to 20 and adds other new lock screen features:
the option to automatically display the Bing Picture of the Day plus the
'A1B2C3' PIN/password challenge to prevent accidental device wipes on
phones connected to Exchange accounts.
As mentioned earlier, Nokia
didn't reveal the exact date(s) the update will be rolled out for
various Lumia models, but did confirm all phones should receive the
update within first three weeks of February.
There's no word yet from the likes of Samsung and HTC on Windows Phone 7.8 update plans for their devices.